Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Baseball Game, take 2!

Austin's employer had another baseball night, so we signed up again. This time, we took Pawpaw with us!

After the yummy dinner, the big girls headed off to try the trapeze again, while the younger ones played some bounce house games.

Allia and Mariana were selected to participate in the games they do after each change of side. Here are Mariana and I waiting for her turn to go.
 She did the box stacking race. Look at her go!

 Some happy spectators

 And Allia did the potato sack race out on the field!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Corpus Christi Trip

Just over two weeks after our big Florida trip, we made a trip to Corpus Christi!

I decided to further my CGS formation (always an uplifting and fruitful experience), and since we found one happening only 5 minutes from Lito and Lita's house, it was the perfect chance for the family to get to hang out with them (and me too in the evening!).

Since the in-house photographer (aka me) was missing a lot, I don't have many photos, but we had a lot of fun. While I was at formation, everyone else went to the park, a water park with slides and a diving board, the bayside, visited Lolo and Lala's graves, saw the water gardens, did a picasso paint class and had a few other adventures. I managed to take the older girls to see Inside Out one evening after formation too. We had a great time, and it was so good to see Lito and Lita!

Lita actually left on her own trip, so we only had a few days with her, but luckily Lito kept us company over the weekend. ;)

So hopefully we are home for a while, but there is still plenty to do. It is VBS week! :0

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Grandparent time

After being gone for so long, the children sure missed their grandparents. So we had some good Pawpaw and Manah time!

The fig trees in their backyard are producing like crazy. Pawpaw let Anastasia help him do some picking.

 And they helped Manah cook them into pie filling on the stovetop. Mmmm!

More little helpers

 And Sebastian found someone hiding under the bed. Peekaboo!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


I can't believe we forgot to have watermelon at the beach on the 4th of July! Pawpaw and Manah saved us by having one waiting in our fridge when we got home. ;) This guy said, "Mmmm, nummy." So cute.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Florida Vacation!

We took a week vacation to Seacrest Beach, Florida with our friends, the K family. It was SO MUCH FUN! Tack on 2 travel days each way, and we were gone for a long time.

We arrived on a Sunday afternoon/evening. The "babies" of the two families hit it off well with the Neverland Pirate Ship (a church garage sale find!).
 We made a quick non-swimming trip to the beach to check it out
Then, Max cooked up an awesome Spaghetti meal for us for dinner
Our awesome third floor view

 The rest of the week was full of beach and pool fun. First the beach...

Some friends from church lent us this Minnow Seine. It was quite a hit. The children loved being able to touch and hold fish and also made them some temporary habitats for further observation (we did eventually send them back to their ocean homes, though!).

The older crew went on an after dark crab walk with the Dads. Tons of fun!

The neighborhood we stayed in also had a really nice pool and hot tub, so we went there a few times when we didn't feel quite up for a big beach venture...

And a friendly neighbor informed us that going to the beach after dinner made for really nice pictures with the setting sun, so we couldn't resist! (Luckily sunset here was much earlier!)

Me with my favorite beach bum. ;)

We enjoyed some amazing fireworks for the 4th on our last night...some of us from the beach and some from the balcony. Stephen was super excited to be allowed to stay up and watch!

And as we were packing up the next morning, look what we saw over the water! Yikes!

And a little hotel fun on the way home

Plus a little video for fun.

Thanks be to God for such a wonderful vacation!